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2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it. 

Production Manager Tim Palmer is responsible for moving shows around the country. He oversees stage staff, coordinates scene changes and ensures everything is in working order. You might have spotted him at the back of the auditorium in one of his signature Hawaiian shirts, keeping a beady eye out for any problems that might arise. In May 2019 Tim celebrates his 35th year with the Company. 

What was your first job?

I was a member of the stage crew at The Royal Court. I was 15 and took my school books in so I could do my homework during the show!

How have things changed during your time here?

Technology has moved on and construction techniques have improved so much, which enables much more exciting things to be achieved. The fundamentals remain the same.

What’s your favourite thing about your current role?

The variety of people I get to work with.

What’s been your favourite production to work on?

Undoubtedly John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet [first performed by Scottish Ballet in 1982]. The music and the action were so powerful, and the final scene was known to make even the crews watching in the wing shed a tear!

What's your advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in production?

Go to college, learn that you know nothing, and get a job in a theatre. 

What’s your 'get up and go' song?

Monty Python's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!